Sheffield Wednesday Football Club will once again organise a match-day food collection to support the Sheffield S6 Foodbank and their vital work with people across Sheffield. The upcoming collection follows two hugely successful pre-pandemic food collections in the 2019/20 season, each of which saw fans donate over a tonne of food.
Volunteers from S6 Foodbank will be accepting donations from 12noon until 3pm on Saturday 23rd October 2021, before the match against Lincoln City, at two donation points; outside the Superstore and at Riverside.
Fans can donate canned and packaged goods, with S6 Foodbank requesting the following items in particular:
- Tinned tomatoes
- UHT milk
- Long-life fruit juice cartons
- Tinned fruit
- Toiletries; such as shampoo, shower gel and deodorant
Fans are also able to donate cash, either into secure donation buckets at the food donation points, or via Just Giving at: https://justgiving.com/campaign/forallsheffield
Sheffield S6 Foodbank has seen huge growth in demand over the past 18 months. In March 2020 they supported 150 people each week from four locations across the city; 18 months on, they are supporting 1200 people each week from eleven locations, with numbers predicted to rise further with an end to furlough, rising energy costs, and an end to the Universal Credit uplift.
Sheffield S6 Foodbank manager, Chris Hardy, said: “Time and again the team at Sheffield Wednesday, and their brilliant fans, have proved that they care about others in their community, and have stepped up to offer support when it is most needed. As we approach the Winter months, when we typically see a 20% increase in demand at our foodbank, we are asking the Wednesday fans to give what they can to support their city.”
The Sheffield Wednesday collection forms part of Sheffield S6 Foodbank’s #ForAllSheffield campaign, which aims to raise £150,000 to provide one million meals to people across the city between April 2021 and March 2022. ‘For All Sheffield’, reflects the changing nature of foodbank provision in the city over the past eighteen months, which sees donations made to Sheffield S6 Foodbank support people living across the city, from Crookes to Sharrow and from Woodhouse to Firth Park.
The growth in demand at Sheffield S6 Foodbank was covered in October 2021 by BBC Radio Sheffield, ITV Calendar News, and BBC Look North. People can stay up to date by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, at @s6foodbank, searching the hashtag #ForAllSheffield, or by visiting the S6 Foodbank website at https://sheffields6.foodbank.org.uk/.
S6 Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks operating across the UK. Their main warehouse is on Gilpin Street, S6 3BL, with satellites across the city. Between April and September 2020, S6 Foodbank distributed 10,980 emergency food parcels to adults in Sheffield, and 9340 emergency food parcels to children.
For further information, please contact:
Chris Hardy, S6 Foodbank Manager: [email protected]
Alison Wise, S6 Foodbank Communications: [email protected]